So this is a fantastic place on east 3rd street between 1st and 2nd (I think - but maybe between 2nd and 3rd) We went here two nights in a row, we liked it so much. It's a very small restaurant that advertises japanese home-style cooking from Go To Island. The whole "kitchen is behind a little bar, so sitting at the bar is a great show. Many of the dishes are prepared with a fish broth that is subtly fishy, light, and slightly sweet. They make an excellent omlette using the fish broth. The dishes are fairly small so we ordered a bunch of things and shared all of them. Japanese pickles appetizer is great, especially if they have the pickeld garlic cloves. The hearty beef, potato, and carrot stew is delicious, and all of their salads are great especially the seaweed salad with tofu and tomatoes and sesame dressing. They also have a special kind of noodles that involve the fish broth also somehow, and these are handmade by the chef's father, who was sitting at the bar drinking shochu, which they have a large variety of. Shochu by itself or with green tea were both interesting and clean-tasting. The staff is also very nice and helpful, and it really feels like you're in someone's home.
also a side note: had dessert at Chikalicious a few weeks ago, and it was great. sitting at the bar is a great show, the owner is sweet and will explain everything to you, and the 12-dollar prix-fixe is not a bad deal.